Alternative World Water Forum

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged the Federal and Lagos State governments to step on the brakes on adoption and implementation of World Bank-funded water schemes that seem tailored to meeting Nigerians’ water needs but are actually white elephant projects.

ERA/FoEN position is coming on the heels of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval of a 16-year water master plan which will see Nigeria’s Ministry of Water Resources partnering with the Japan International Agency to implement the project in three phases. The first phase of the water masterplan would run from 2014 and 2020, while the second and third phases would run 2021 to 2025, and 2026 to 2030 respectively. The scheme will be due for review by 2030 and will provide the guidelines for private sector participation in the water sector under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to fund the sector.

Water privatization is also vigorously being pursued in Lagos by the World Bank’s private arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the same institution that said to have advised the Manila government, designed its water contracts, and then invested in one of the resulting water corporations. The IFC is currently acting in an official advisory capacity with the Lagos government.

Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe had said that the master plan, which acknowledged the inadequacy of government funding of the water sector, also proposed the commercialisation of water services to increase the revenue base of the sector for the maintenance of facilities and development of new ones.

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